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5 Tips On Buying A Used Car For An Australian Roadtrip Adventure

Every traveler who plans to visit Australia on a working holiday visa has to decide at some point , wether to buy a car or not. Of course there are a lot of reasons to buy one. You could use it for sleeping in and save the money you would spend on a hostel. With a car you are free to go wherever you want. Some jobs even require you to have your own transport. But those are just a few reasons.

So you decided to buy a car for your travels, no matter if it’s a van, 4WD or station wagon, what now? Of course, this is not an instruction on how to buy a car, but I want to give you some advice that is essential to know before buying it. If you keep the following tips in mind when buying a second hand car, the chances are excellent that you will get a reliable, safe car for your roadtrips!

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We Travel Co –  The Roadtrip Diaries

1) Find the vehicle that fits your needs.

What type of vehicle do you need? gas, petrol, diesel?  Avoid LPG if you are planing to go to central Australia.

Will the registration cover your whole stay? Registration for your car in another state can be expensive. Check with the states government roads department and the insurance company if the rego and insurance is transferable.

2) Important Questions

Does the vehicle have a service book and history?

Does it have any damage?

Is it due for a service?

Does everything work?

Are the tyres in a good condition?

Is there any money owing on the car?

You should ask these questions on the phone when first contacting the seller. You should even check references about the vehicle and the person, after all you will invest a lot of money in that car.

3) Check the vehicle thoroughly

Take a close look at the vehicle by walking around it at least three times! Some things do not catch your eye at first. Open all doors, check all locks, windows, look underneath the car, check the tyres and rego. Then you should do a test drive for 20 to 30 minutes, going all common speeds. If the condition seems fine after the test drive carry out a PPSR and state rego check, with this you can be sure the car isn’t under finance, stolen, repairable finance write off or under police investigation.

4) Book and carry out a prepurchase vehicle inspection (for example at www.allthingscars.com.au), this is by far the most important thing when buying a used car.

5) If the car comes up as good, buy it! All prices are negotiable in some range. Go by the phrase: It is better to pay more for the best one than less for the worst one!

On the road to Byron Bay
On the road to Byron Bay

Another thing you should always keep in mind, don’t spend a fortune on a vehicle just because it’s sold with all the things you need to live in it! Find out what the car itself is worth and pay that. Chances are your getting the camping and kitchen stuff cheap or for free.

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Basic camping gear

Also, if you are buying an older vehicle, it’s imperative to check the water and oil every day! If you are not 100% sure how to do this, find a mechanic and ask him to show you.

 

Check the water and oil everyday
Check the water and oil everyday

Now, that you know the way to get a used car in a good condition, there are some more things I want to let you know before you hit the road.

Travel with a basic tool kit

Always travel with a basic tool kit!  “It is always better to have the tools and no idea than no tools and no idea”.

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Buy a cooking stove and BBQ-plate, it will be very handy on the road and everyone will join you for a BBQ at the most beautiful locations. What is better than chilling by a beach while having a BBQ with friends?

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BBQ enjoying the sunset

Get yourself a fishing rod and a surf board. Learning how to surf is fun and catching dinner out of the ocean or a river is tasty and a great way to save some money!

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The Roadtrip Diaries team

The only thing left to say now is: have the time of your life!

Article written by Sven Roselt from Germany

Contact  –   svenroselt92@gmail.com

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The Roadtrip Diaries – Exploring caves, sandboarding, fishing & magical sunset!

Hey guys you want to go explore a sea cave? A few puzzled looks but the group agrees.

Pebbly Beach in Crescent Head
Pebbly Beach in Crescent Head

We make out way down a steep, slippery goat track down to the rocks below. The tide was too high to enter via the main entrance so we opt for the backdoor..The travellers look at a narrow passage and question whether or not this is a good idea but are assured that  it’s safe. The guide enters and the travellers follow.

Pierre in the sea cave
Pierre from France in the sea cave

This is something you would never think of to do or be able to find that’s why it’s always best to travel with a local when you’re in another country.

The water tanks at Crescent Head Golf Course
The water tanks at Crescent Head Golf Course

After getting dirty climbing through the sea cave we took the road again stopping in Forster for lunch, we shared some cock + bull by the river.

Lunch by the river in Forster enjoyed with our favourite wine Cock + Bull
Lunch by the river in Forster enjoyed with our favourite wine Cock + Bull

After, we hit the skatepark to shred some concrete.

Perrick from france carving the Tuncurry skatepark
Perrick from france carving the Tuncurry skatepark

In the afternoon we went to one mile beach and tackled the massive sand dunes! lot’s of injuries went down but we didn’t care we were living in the moment and having so much fun!

Sandboarding the dunes at One Mile beach
Sand boarding the dunes at One Mile beach
Pierre moments before bailing on his run
Pierre moments before bailing on his run

We enjoyed the sunset on Wallis Lake, more cock + bull and a spot of fishing a perfect end to an action packed day of adventure!

The crew enjoy the sunset over Wallis Lake
The crew enjoy the sunset over Wallis Lake
Phillip from Austria fishing in the Wallis Lake
Phillip from Austria fishing in the Wallis Lake

 

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The Roadtrip Diaries – Something bigger than us…

Another early rise, this time for a Dorrigo sunrise. In this moment, we felt connected to something that words cannot describe something that is bigger than everything that ever was or will ever be.

The sunrises over a plateau in the Dorrigo National Park
The sunrises over a plateau in the Dorrigo National Park
Flo doing his Jesus impersonation
Flo from Austria doing his Jesus impersonation

It was to be a reminder of how special the natural beauty of this place Australia that we call home!

Pierre and Perrick from France Checking the surf
Pierre and Perrick from France Checking the surf

Back on the road, in search of waves and sunshine. We check a couple of favourite spots but things were looking grim for wave with a stiff onshore.

Surf check at Delicate Nobby
Surf check at Delicate Nobby

We found our paradise at the end of a dirt road a scored some epic waves.

Queens Head
Queens Head

Feeling exhausted after the days activities we cooked lunch and rested.

Backpacking life on the road
Backpacking life on the road

After we arose feeling  fresh, we decided to take a hike following our way around a headland.

Big Hill bushwalk
Big Hill bushwalk

We arrived in an open coastal field where we were taken back by the natural spectacle of big waves pounding the sheer cliff faces showered by the falling sun and it’s golden light.

Big waves crash into the cliff at Big Hill
Big waves crash into the cliff at Big Hill

What must our travellers be feeling in this moment? unplanned, unexpected and totally living the moment .

Spirits were high after the  Big Hill walk
Spirits were high after the Big Hill walk
The crew at Limeburners Creek
The crew at Limeburners Creek

Later that evening we all sat around the campfire and enjoyed some beers and music with good friends.

Camping out at Racecourse Headland
Camping out at Racecourse Beach

 

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